Federal environmental law reform: expert Panel on NEB modernization releases its report
The expert panel created to study and propose solutions for reform of the National Energy Board (“NEB”) has released its report, entitled “Forward, Together: Enabling Canada’s Clean, Safe and Secure Energy Future” (“NEB Report”). The NEB Report comes on the heels of the report issued by the …View the post titled Federal environmental law reform: expert Panel on NEB modernization releases its report
Long-awaited changes to Ontario’s Mining Act and Aggregate Resources Act passed
Ontario has introduced changes to the Aggregate Resources Act and the Mining Act. After years of work and consultations, the changes will come into effect once royal assent is obtained. The Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act introduced numerous changes to both of these Acts tha…View the post titled Long-awaited changes to Ontario’s Mining Act and Aggregate Resources Act passed
Quebec’s plan to save an endangered woodland caribou herd through captivation
The Quebec government has taken an unorthodox, and controversial, approach to protecting an endangered herd of woodland caribou. The herd’s habitat is found outside the city of Val d’Or. Recently, the herd’s population has faced intense pressure from logging, hunting, and ATV’ing. These acti…View the post titled Quebec’s plan to save an endangered woodland caribou herd through captivation
Federal EA Panel Releases its Recommendations for Reform
Earlier this month, after several months of consultations, the expert panel that was established to review Canada’s federal environmental assessment processes (the “Panel”) released its findings in a report entitled Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada. The Pa…View the post titled Federal EA Panel Releases its Recommendations for Reform
Congratulations, Paula Boutis!
Siskinds warmly congratulates Paula Boutis from our Environmental Group on her appointment to the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”), effective May 1, 2017. With her appointment as a full-time member to the Ontario Municipal Board, Paula Boutis will be leaving private practice after nearly 17 y…View the post titled Congratulations, Paula Boutis!
Can a landlord be sued for historical contamination potentially caused by its tenant?
A recent decision on a summary judgement motion underscores the difficulty inherent in suing a landlord for contamination caused by its tenant. In Sorban Investments Ltd v Litwack, 2017 ONSC 706, several Defendants successfully brought a motion for summary judgement dismissing the plaintiff’…View the post titled Can a landlord be sued for historical contamination potentially caused by its tenant?
Des Moines Water Works sues County for Agricultural Runoff
The Storm Lake Times, a small family-run Iowa newspaper, won a 2017 Pulitzer Price award for its coverage of issues associated with farm pollution from local agricultural companies and the failure of the County to control the agricultural runoff in the area. The Storm Lake Times covered how …View the post titled Des Moines Water Works sues County for Agricultural Runoff
Snapping Turtle Hunt Banned in Ontario
The Ontario government has announced amendments to the Hunting Regulation (O Reg 665/98, made under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997) that will, among other changes, prohibit the hunting of snapping turtles in the province. In its original posting to the Environmental Registry (t…View the post titled Snapping Turtle Hunt Banned in Ontario
Ontario’s First Cap and Trade Program Auction
On April 3, 2017 Ontario announced the results of its first auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances (GHG Auction) that was held March 22, 2017. The cap and trade program has a market cycle consisting of compliance periods. In each compliance period there are emission allowance distrib…View the post titled Ontario’s First Cap and Trade Program Auction
Will Canada meet its greenhouse gas emissions target?
Environment Canada has recently announced that its current projections indicate that by 2030, Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions will exceed the established federal target by at least 30 per cent. Canada’s target is to cut emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. This target…View the post titled Will Canada meet its greenhouse gas emissions target?
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